Fans react to news of Reds pitcher's arrest

Mike Leake (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
Mike Leake (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)

News of the arrest of Reds pitcher Mike Leake traveled fast, and fans across Cincinnati had some strong reactions.

"He's a Red, not a Bengal, I'm just surprised," said Kyle West.

The rookie pitcher posed for a mug shot at the Hamilton County Justice Center on Monday after being arrested for stealing $59 worth of shirts from the downtown Macy's. Police say Leake tried to steal six American Rag shirts, and got caught on a security camera.

"Fresh out the box, and he's stealing, I mean, I guess he's one of the bad boys of the Reds, now," said Mikel Wallace.

"He could get a thousand Rags--I mean, not being funny, but that's sad," said Erika Gamble, a Reds fan.

Macy's is one of three department stores downtown. Police arrested Leake around 2 p.m.

"It's very odd. I don't--well, I think he's making like 500 grand a year. I don't know what he's doing," said Kyle West.

Leake was released on bond, and will back in court on Tuesday.

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